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Comment: Re:Consider pilots and radios (Score 1) 262

by greenlead (#43602613) Attached to: Siri's Creator Challenges Texting-While-Driving Study

It's all about priorities: AVIATE, Navigate, Communicate.

Pilots and others with some level of emergency services / high stress career training know how to prioritize.

We need to increase standards to receive driver's licenses in America, and drill Aviate, Navigate, Communicate into their heads, and actually expose them to high-stress driving.

Speech-to-Text at its current level of development will absolutely make matters WORSE. Texting while driving makes drivers more stressed because of frustration: what's in my mind is not appearing on the screen and that means I have to try two or more times to get the message to show up correctly. This greatly increases my level of stress while driving, which is why I don't do it.

When I'm driving, if I feel like I am becoming stressed, I remove all distractions: the radio is turned off, the girlfriend has learned to be quiet, and I concentrate on the road. I wish everyone would behave this way.

Comment: Use a Dock? (Score 1) 170

by greenlead (#42511513) Attached to: Kingston Introduces 1TB Flash Drive
Couldn't I just take a desktop SSD along in a dock with USB and eSATA ports and be happier at lower costs? I guess maybe I'd pay about as much, but I probably don't need ALL of that capacity as flash. Maybe a hybrid drive would be good. Lots of data on platters, and the project I'm currently working on cached in flash.

Comment: Re:narrow it down? (Score 1) 88

by greenlead (#42511451) Attached to: Library of Congress Offers Update On Huge Twitter Archive Project
I agree. I think they should limit the initial database to certain time spans surrounding events of national interest and "tweets" that seem to be related. They can learn database structure and procedures from there and perhaps later add in the full archive. The most important part of anything like this is metadata. For example, a tweet that says "dudes! this concert rocks!!!" is useless unless you happen to know that the user is at a Trans-Siberian orchestra concert. And then, if you are able to attach all of the posts related to that concert together, it could be potentially useful.
Crime

America's Real Criminal Element: Lead 627

Posted by samzenpus
from the is-not-causation dept.
2muchcoffeeman writes "The cause of the great increase in violent crime that started in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s may have been isolated: lead. This leads directly to the reason for the sharp decline in violent crime since then: lead abatement programs and especially the ban of tetraethyl lead as an anti-knock agent in gasoline starting in 1996. There are three reasons why this makes sense. First, the statistics correlate almost perfectly. Second, it holds true worldwide with no exceptions. Every country studied has shown this same strong correlation between leaded gasoline and violent crime rates. Third, the chemistry and neuroscience of lead gives us good reason to believe the connection. Decades of research has shown that lead poisoning causes significant and probably irreversible damage to the brain. Not only does lead degrade cognitive abilities and lower intelligence, it also degrades a person's ability to make decisions by damaging areas of the brain responsible for emotional regulation, impulse control, attention, verbal reasoning, and mental flexibility. Another thing that stands out: if you overlay a map showing areas with higher incidence of violent crime with one showing lead contamination, there's a strikingly high correlation."

Comment: Re:Title Is stupid (Score 2) 936

by greenlead (#42281387) Attached to: New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones
If she's alive, she wasn't electrocuted. Thousands of police officers have been tazed; none have died from it. Nearly every police officer who carries a Taser has been hit with it. They know what it feels like; they know it isn't fun; but they care enough to try to minimize your injuries.

Comment: Re:Cue the apologists (Score 1) 936

by greenlead (#42281311) Attached to: New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones
Uh, no. It's the police FORCE not the police debate club. They are hired and entrusted by society to maintain order and prevent chaos. You can ask politely, but everything an officer does has to be backed up with force. If the police officer was limited to asking politely, it wouldn't be long before no one would comply. Force is a part of their toolbox.

Comment: Re:Nothing legal about it (Score 1) 936

by greenlead (#42280951) Attached to: New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones
Nonsense. There is a use of force continuum; a range of force used to correspond to levels of resistance: officers use force one level above the level of resistance. There are a range of options between yelling at someone and shooting them. Where in that continuum the Taser is used is dependent on department policy. Some departments use it at lower levels to avoid going hands-on with a suspect. Others use it at higher levels (as opposed to a baton). The Taser most definitely isn't a replacement for lethal force. Less lethal shotgun rounds and other less-lethal tools are used for that in the rare circumstance that everything works out just right: the right tool and certified operator is present, other officers are available with lethal force to cover him, the suspect is the just the right distance away with clear line of sight, etc. It's way more complicated than most people realize.

Comment: Re:Rest of the world already ahead (Score 1) 992

by greenlead (#41266425) Attached to: Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit
In Indiana, formal courses are optional. They were way too expensive for my family to afford to send four kids through. Instead, we are required to hold the permit for a certain amount of time (6 months?) and then pass a written exam (the exact same test as for the permit) and a practical exam. I would like to see simulator-based testing to check reaction times in collision scenarios.

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