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Comment Re:Understand the Allure (Score 1) 232

it enforces readability without requiring too many extra characters

I agree... over the past five years or so I've migrated to python, both in web development and a lot of scrips I wrote for use in house for special case "things." It's a great combination of brief (as little as 1/10 or less the size of equivalent Java) and yet structured and readable.

Comment Re:Mixed (Score 1) 350

Frankly, that's pretty dumb. I hear people repeat that old diatribe over and over, and have yet to actually see anyone do it - nobody wants the hassle of an accident, whether you're at fault or not. The best response is simply easing off the gas, create a larger gap in front of you so that you won't have to break as hard should traffic in front of you stop, and the slower speed will reduce the damage should the person behind you still hit you. If it's not inconvenient (i.e. the traffic to your right is going slower than you) then yes, move over to the right and let the idiot pass - it's just not worth getting all worked up over it.

Comment Re:Mixed (Score 1) 350

What's the problem with people wanting to go faster than you? You want to drive slower, they want to drive faster. Maybe they're dealing with an emergency or late for a critical job interview - we've all been there at some point in our lives. Just move out of the way instead of "sticking it to 'em". If you think they're driving dangerously, call the cops and report it.

Transactional Analysis (a.k.a. "The Games People Play."). People cannot help but to think of interactions with others as "games," and do what they feel necessary to "win."

Frankly, I don't get it - I'm generally the faster driver on the road, and it boggles my mind when people go out of their way to block me. When someone wants to go faster than me, I let them... what does it matter to me? They're not the ones that are going to make me miss the next light or anything - it's the slow ones that do that.

I'd also like to point out (although off topic to this sub-thread), that many lights - especially around rush hour, are timed. If you go slow, you end up missing all the lights. All those hyper-milers waste more gas (and more gas from everyone stuck behind them) idling at red lights, and then accelerating from zero. It's not always true that you make all the lights getting up to and maintaining speed limit speeds - there's only so much they can do with light timing, but in some situations it most definitely behooves you to go faster. I guess my biggest peeve is that, a couple of weeks after moving where I am now, I knew how the lights were timed in the morning on my way to work, and afternoon on my way home. Why other people living here for 20 years still don't get it is very frustrating.

Comment Re:Mixed (Score 2) 350

No. I watch very carefully when I'm driving, "l3v1" and "danbert8" are right.... I see it constantly here, people in other lanes with NOBODY behind them... it seems like people don't know how to even coast a bit, if they're not stepping on the gas, they have to be stepping on the break.... or something, I don't know, but when I see people speed up, slow down, speed up, slow down, in the lane next to me, with NOBODY behind them, I have to conclude the world has far too many idiots. I've also been far behind people that I subsequently caught up to - single lane roads where you'd just periodically see them breaking. I honestly don't think that many people are breaking (at least around here) for tailgaters, because I see tailgaters all the time, too, without the people being tailgated breaking.

And like l3v1 pointed out, people don't signal to change lanes...

I've actually had this discussion with a group of coworkers, while we were working on site in another state, including people from outside the U.S., and I say you should always signal a turn or lane change no matter what - it's NEVER bad to signal, it's sometimes (if not often) bad to not signal. "Bad," in this case, doesn't even necessarily mean dangerous - signalling sometimes is just an act of common courtesy to let people know what you're doing - it might not even be another car, it could be a bicyclist or a pedestrian. There were actually a couple of people who argued against it... it was unbelievable. And the guy that swore up and down he always signaled "when necessary" was weaving across all the lanes and didn't signal once.

The bottom line is that far too many drivers lack common courtesy, common sense, and are oblivious to the effects they're having on the world around them. The sad thing is that ONE person going slow on the interstate can create a dangerous situation for hundreds of people, even for people just trying to go the limit, even five or six lanes out. I witness this every day on my commute to work. All it takes is one in a hundred to drive that way to screw things up for everybody, and it's more like 5 or 10 in a hundred that drive that way.

And along with his freeway comment - if there's more than two lanes, the right lane should be for people entering and exiting the freeway, especially in urban areas where there exits are frequent, but my biggest pet peeve is that people don't use the on-ramp to accelerate up to the speed of the traffic they're going to have to merge with.... 45, even 35MPH all the way down the ramp... then reach the end and can't understand why they can't merge in with traffic going 70MPH (yes, that's the limit where I get on the interstate).

Comment Re:Mixed (Score 1) 350

"Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, degenerative, invariably fatal brain disorder. It affects about one person in every one million people per year worldwide; in the United States there are about 300 cases per year. CJD usually appears in later life and runs a rapid course."

Sometimes we should all just know all the initials people throw around (LOL!) But sometimes not.

Comment Re: ...and I predict (Score 1) 242

"Potential" being the key word - we're not obligated to watch commercials, despite what Jamie Kellner, former chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting, once said (that skipping commercials is theft, and viewerss have a "contract" with broadcasters to watch the commercials). I think there's a reason for the "former" part in that sentence.

Comment Re: ...and I predict (Score 1) 242

But they already do that. Maybe they'll do it more. Even live sporting events - especially the "big" one off events, like the Final Four or All Star games - they won't let you into the arena holding a competitor product. For example, you can't walk into the arena holding a can of a product from a company not-sponsoring the broadcast. You have to pour it into a cup with the sponsors logo all over it, or finish before you come in. That's fine when the concessions are only selling those products, but I work for TV and we have our own catering. I can't walk into the arena to check on a camera - even a day before the game (in the off chance you leave the can sitting there) - holding a competitors product. An athlete can't walk in drinking powerade if gatorade is the sponsor. It's ridiculous.

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling